Can you tell us about the collaboration between a Centech startup and a large Collision Lab company/corporation that stood out the most for you?
” The Port of Montreal approached us with a marketing project related to the interpretation centre located on the new Grand Quay. They wanted to showcase the Port facilities for visitors. It’s important to know that the Port has a scale model of all their port facilities. The model is 10 metres long and 2 metres wide, so it’s a huge model that represents part of the island of Montreal. It even shows where the water is. The first thought they came up with was, “Why not film this model in 3D to present our facilities from a different angle?”.
It was at that point that we approached Prévu3D, a company that was being incubated at Centech at the time. To our surprise, the startup replied that it was not the model they wanted to scan, but the entire facility. They then joined with another Centech startup, Ara Robotique, which has drones. So Prévu3D set up their cameras on Ara Robotique’s drones and were able to scan the full 21-kilometre length of the Port of Montreal’s wharf. It took quite a while to get the flight permits, but the results were worth it. Now there is a 3D model of the Port facilities that offers visitors a digital version of the model to look at.
Teams at the Port greatly appreciated having a digital copy, and further initiatives followed. For example, the group responsible for fire safety and security adopted this digital version to do training and industrial risk simulations at the Port to see how the teams would apply the emergency measures. This provides an opportunity to test how the group would respond in a specific scenario—a problem with a hazardous material, a fire or an explosion in a container, for example—in various locations. It clearly shows how the response plan is applied and how people react, while offering a 3D view of the Port and indicating where the fire hydrants and other equipment is located.
This shows how a marketing project can lead to something else when the different teams take ownership and see the innovation. Together, we can always go further. ”
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Communications – Centech
Mélina Cyr St-André